Vintage Desk Makeover

Once upon a time, after a long day at work, I needed a pick-me-up so I decided to drag my son thrifting with me. Okay…so it was only about a week ago. And it actually didn’t take much dragging with my son…he likes doing things like that. The extra muscle comes in pretty handy too.

I figured we’d hit a place here in town that I don’t usually go to see what they had. I actually found a few pieces I would have loved, but when I found this vintage desk for fifteen dollars, I knew this was The One.

Vintage Desk Before

I love these beat up, well-used pieces that some people may not take an interest in. It’s these neglected pieces that I love giving new life to. And it didn’t hurt that I was in the market for a desk. I’ve been using my laptop at the kitchen table since I moved in over a year ago, and I wanted a space solely for that…and it would give me my kitchen table back.

Vintage Desk Top Before

The top had been very well-usedneglected…through hell and back. Perfect for a makeover 🙂

This was actually one of the easiest flips I’ve done. It sanded easily, and it was in decent shape.

I stained the top with my Early American, but it brought out an orange tone that I hated. I immediately panicked and swiped on my vinegar-and-steel-wool stain that I’ve had sitting for a couple weeks now. It saved the day and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Vintage Desk Top After

Sorry, Minwax…I may have just jumped on the DIY Stain Bandwagon for good.

I painted the base with my DIY chalk paint. Then I dry brushed it all over with a lighter and darker paint. The dry brushing added a little dimension and it also helped the desk keep it’s vintage-y feel.

I opted to keep a few imperfections on the top because I think it adds character to a piece. The dry brushing and slight distressing helped tie it all together…

Desk After (2)

…and, of course, new drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby didn’t hurt either.

Desk Drawer Pulls

This was a quick, fun and simple makeover that I was able to finish in about a week in my spare time. And now my laptop has a place all its own 🙂


14 thoughts on “Vintage Desk Makeover

    1. Thank you, Miss Rissa! You come out to see me and I may let you take it home with you 🙂

  1. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of
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    1. Thank you! I had noticed it a couple times, but I was hoping it was something on my end. I’ll look in to it 🙂

  2. Susan, love those two-tone pieces! It doesn’t seem the same, it was so beat up and now it is so beautiful! Well done!

    1. Thank you so much, Pili! I love the contrast of the two tone combinations 🙂

    1. Thank you, Christina! I love the DIY stain. This is the first time I used it, and for about a minute I stood there staring…not blinking…not moving…screaming in my head, “But it’s not DOING anything!” and then it appeared 🙂

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